Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mojo Monday #188

I seem to be on an orange kick this week...
I used this week's Mojo Monday Sketch:
Stamp: Verve
Paper, Ink, and Ribbon: A Muse Studio
Flowers: A Muse Studio (colored with Copics), Prima
Gems: A Muse Studio, Michael's
Dies: Spellbinders, My Favorite Things

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Clean & Simple FTL 137's been a busy holiday week.  Here's a Mother's Day card I made this weekend using this sketch from clean&simple.

All supplies are from A Muse Studio with the exception of the button and twine.  Once again, I used Copics to color these fabulous paper flowers from A Muse.  Thanks for looking!

Stamps, Ink, Paper, Ribbon, Pearls, Flowers: A Muse Studio
Button: Michael's
Linen Thread: Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fun with Oil Pastels

Finally made it to our "local" stamp shop after living here for about a year and a half.  It is across the bridge on the other side of town, and somehow I just couldn't bring myself to get there other than my initial first visit.  It has been around for a while, and many of the cards I saw on display seemed to have a vintage feel or just weren't really my style.  Well, I finally decided to step out of my comfort zone and went ahead and signed up for one of their card classes.  So glad I did!  Here is one of the cards we made:

The background was created with water soluble oil pastels.  Our teacher, Karen, used a technique based on the work of artist Lynne Perrella.  The images were stamped and embossed (by the teacher to save time), and then we created the background by coloring with the pastels and smearing them around with paper towels.  I didn't know what to expect since I only had pictures of the samples to go by, but it was really fun to play around with this technique.  It's pretty much foolproof, and I didn't have to worry about staying in the lines like I do with my Copics.:)  It's also something I would never have tried on my own.  I'm looking forward to using this technique again.  I also met some stampers who live nearby and hope to get together with them sometime.  Fun day!  Thanks for stopping by.

P.S.  I believe the Eiffel Tower stamp is from Memory Box.  Sorry - don't know who made the others.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Moxie Fab

When I saw this Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab World, I knew I would be using my Bermuda, Cherry, and Ocean papers from A Muse Studio.  Love, love, love this color combo.

Here's the trigger:

And here's my card:

My new (to me) favorite technique is coloring these paper flowers from A Muse Studio with my Copics.  What a great way to get a perfect match.  And, BTW, my photo-taking skills do not do these colors justice!  The card is much bolder IRL.

If you'd like to win some A Muse goodness, head on over to this post over at Moxie Fab World and leave a comment by Sunday, April 17th.  Good luck!

Stamps, Paper, Ink, Ribbon, Flower: A Muse Studio
Button: Fancy Pants
Linen Thread: Stampin' Up!
Dies: My Favorite Things

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Crafty 'Hos Challenge

I made a birthday card yesterday, and it just so happens to fit this week's Crafty 'Hos' Color Challenge - pastel pink and spring green.  Bear with me as I am still working on getting good photos of my cards.  All supplies are by A Muse Studio.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Hedgehog Smile

Quick card I made this afternoon.  Thanks for looking!

Stamps, paper, and ink: A Muse Studio
Copic markers (tree is paper-pieced)

Happy Sunday!

Well, my A Muse Studio kit was scheduled to arrive this past Tuesday.  It finally did get here that evening, but too late to really play as the busy part of my week started that night.  All I managed to do the next day was unpack it and drool...
And that's all I'm going to show you lest DH have a heart attack looking at all my new goodies.  Speaking of whom, he was quite put out that I cropped him out of my profile pic, so...
This was taken last month before Swingin' with the Band, a dinner/dance fundraiser for the band department at Andrew's school.  It was a great event as not only did we get a night out, but we enjoyed Andrew playing with the Jazz Ensemble as they provided the entertainment for the evening.  We will definitely be back next year.

So, back to A Muse.  I did manage to throw together these little thank you cards for all the people who have ordered catalogs so far.  In the foreground you can see a "wish list" memo I made for them as well.  I love the vibrant colors of their inks and plan to play some more this afternoon.  Hope you all are having a relaxing Sunday.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Little Chick

Little Chick is another A Muse wood mount that I am glad made it into the new a*muse|studio catalog.  He is part of an Easter set called For Peep's Sake.  The sentiment on this card is classic a*muse, but everything else you see is available from a*muse|studio.  Love their stitched grosgrain and polka dot paper.  Happy stamping!

Sunday, April 3, 2011


So, I set up this blog at least a couple years ago and am only now finally getting around to posting...story of my life.:)  I am looking forward to sharing some of my creations with you as it is my goal to actually play with my stamps, paper, and ink instead of just collecting stamps, paper, and ink.   Although I am an equal opportunity stamper, I've just signed on with a*muse|studio as I have been a LONG time a*muse fan and just could not imagine being on the ground floor with them as they introduce a whole new line of goodies.  Before I ordered my kit, I made myself clean off my stamping table and make at least a couple of cards. the clean desk didn't last long...

(And can you guess what one of my "other addictions" is??)  And, OK, I collect more than just stamps, paper, and ink...

But I did make a few cards including this one for my friend, Kellee.  I got this Kokeshi Doll stamp from a*muse back when it came out for the express purpose of making a card for Kellee.  Both of our hubbies have been deployed to Japan, and we both have a small kokeshi doll collection.  The square card and sentiment are both classic a*muse, and I was happy to see the kokeshi doll return in the a*muse|studio Good Fortune set.

Well, that's it for tonight.  And, BTW, if you can think of a more creative blog name than "Cards by Sarah," I am open to suggestions.  Please leave a comment...there may be blog candy involved if you can help me out!!